Lately, I’ve been on sabbatical as far as riding bikes is concerned. The last time I threw a leg over a top tube with the intention of riding more than 10ft was late November of 07. This last year was a very busy year for me, lots of goals accomplished, but more than that was the overwhelming and compelling feeling that I had to ride. I could sense a burn out happening, and in my line of work, that is bad news.
One thing that I’ve learned from my past experiences, is that when I am over something, I am really over it. And by over it, I mean ready to check out.
Well, I won’t go quietly. Snowboarding has been a great distraction. A few other projects that I am almost ready to divulge have also kept things fresh over the winter. I’m still horrendously busy, trying to balance a job, family, life, and still get some personal time to do the things I love to do, but some great things are going to happen this year.
And as I was looking forward to everything on the horizon, I realized, that if I didn’t get my ass out on my bike and start riding again, I would be in very sorry shape once the snow finally does go away.
Yesterday, I just happened to have a free hour, and the late afternoon, above 30° temps were just warm enough for me to drag Red 5.1 out for a ride around the block. I also dragged my buddy Nat too, misery loves company…
I must say, that despite my prolonged absence from the saddle, I was able to attack Barnes Hill fairly easily. By fairly easily, I mean not throwing up or blacking out, which is typically what happens on the early rides. I was expecing to be in much more pain. I also missed Red 5.1.
What fun it is to ride bikes!
Even though, my toes instantly turned to ice, and the dirt(ice) road section was nothing more than an exercise in crisis management, followed by a blistering downhill on a paved road that was partially glare ice, it was fun, and the first of many fun rides coming up in 08.
Details: 8.74 miles, 870ft of elevation gain, 54 minutes, 1 gear.
Nice sticker placement Nat!